A Gippsland woman was fined $10,000 and convicted in the Orbost Magistrates court this week after using 12 serrated steel-jaw leghold traps on her property and killing wildlife.
The 76-year old Tubbut local pled guilty to three charges under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act for killing two ravens and trapping a fox using the traps illegally.
The Conservation Regulator officers searched the woman’s property in August last year after receiving information that wildlife was being destroyed on the property.
During the search 12 serrated steel-jaw leghold traps were found in use, a further 19 were found around the property that were not in use and a further 46 were found in a shed.
Officers also discovered the remains of 52 birds which were protected wildlife, including ravens, Wedge-tail Eagles and Sulphur-crested Cockatoos after a lengthy search. The carcasses had been concealed in bags, hidden under sheets of tin and under a steel drum.
The Tubbut area has recently been in the spotlight after surrounding properties allegedly poisoned Wedge-tail Eagles and these cases are ongoing.
Serrated steel-jaw leghold traps crush animal limbs and are so painful that animals trying to escape can injure themselves further.
In Victoria all wildlife is protected and it is illegal to set serrated steel-jaw leghold traps and kill or harm wildlife.
If you have any information about people involved in the illegal destruction of wildlife, we want to hear about it.
You can report wildlife crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Quotes attributable to Chief Conservation Regulator, Kate Gavens.
“This is the second successful prosecution in far East Gippsland by the Conservation Regulator for the illegal destruction of protected wildlife and investigations of other cases are continuing.”
“The use of serrated steel-jaw leghold traps is cruel and painful and are illegal to use in Victoria. Large penalties apply.”
“This result sends the very clear message that the community will not accept the illegal destruction of Victoria’s protected wildlife."
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